Chicago Ultimate

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You may have wondered what those folks are doing and how can I get involved! Ultimate “Frisbee” combines the movements of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football using a high-tech plastic disc. Each team consists of seven players and the object of the game is to catch a pass in the opponents’ end zone.

The general rules are as follows: A player must stop running while holding the disc, but may pivot and then pass to teammates on the field. Turnovers occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds or if a player holds the disc for longer than 10 seconds. Players are constantly in transition, moving from offense to defense and back again, making for a fast-moving exciting game. For more on the game itself see Ultimate Players Organization . If you would like to get involved in time for the fall season, see Ultimate Chicago.

As with many coed sports leagues, the fun doesn’t end on the field. Piece Chicago is the place to gather after most games. To follow the players and league in a casually ultimate way, check out Casual Ultimate. They’ll be sure to turn you on to Ultimate happenings and get-togethers and show you how to properly conceal that tall-boy on the playing field!

Photo by Jeff Martyka.

3 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:19 am

    I tried that once…got my butt kicked. You will find out what kind of shape you are in by playing Ultimate. I’ve been wanting to get into it again…thanks for the post!


  2. Bill V (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    I played “a little” back in college. I just remember it was a fun game that anyone could play, and yes, quite a workout.


  3. Erik (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    That’s it, you guys get my loyalty over Chicagoist, because you guys plugged UC.

    That said, I heard that Chicago Magazine listed Ultimate as burning some 200-odd calories in an article about summer exercise. That could be true, but it’s got to be a lot higher than that with some of the Ultimate Chicago teams. Those guys are nuts!



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